LOWELL -- A 62-year-old Stoneham man tried to stop a speeding car on Route 3 in Chelmsford by flashing a Middlesex sheriff's badge that hasn't been valid since the 1970s, officials said.

In Lowell District Court, Lawrence Bowman, of 15 Lee St., pleaded not guilty to impersonating a police officer during an incident on June 5, 2013. Bowman was summonsed into court.

Judge Elizabeth Cremens released Bowman on personal recognizance, with a pretrial conference on April 2.

Chelmsford police say they were en route to another call when they were flagged down by a motorist in a pickup truck along Route 3 south.

Lawrence Bowman
Lawrence Bowman
The driver pointed to a brown 2005 Toyota Corolla, saying the driver was driving erratically and flashed a badge.

Bowman gave the officer his license, registration and a Middlesex sheriff's badge. Bowman kept telling the officer that he was just trying to get the truck driver to slow down.

In examining the badge, the officer noticed the issuing party was former Sheriff John J. Buckley III, who was Middlesex sheriff from 1970 to 1980. Buckley died in 1994 at age 64.

When questioned about the badge, Bowman allegedly said he left the sheriff's department in the 1970's because the job was not for him. Bowman was told that it is illegal to pose as a member of law enforcement.

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